Teacher Susan Evans had a double dosage of delights when she visited Tonypandy Community College on GCSE Results Day.
In fact it was a day of major celebrations for the Evans family because her 16-year-old daughter Ffion achieved the highest grades at GCSE level throughout the entire College.
Her impressive 10 A* and A results put her ahead of more than 120 of her fellow pupils – and in fact made her one of the top achievers from throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf as a whole.
Headteacher Helen O’Sullivan was there to congratulate Ffion on her outstanding success as fellow staff members and students praised her achievements.
“Ffion is a wonderful student and has done incredibly well at the College,” said Mrs O’Sullivan. “We are extremely proud of her results and look forward to welcoming her back in the new term.”
Ffion, who lives in Tonyrefail intends to return to the College to study her A-Levels.
Ffion’s mum also had another reason to remember the special day when she came face to face with the College’s Chair of Governors Edward Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths was equally as overjoyed to see Mrs Evans too – because not only did he congratulate her daughter on the GCSE success, but enjoy the opportunity to reminisce about his time as a teacher many years before.
By coincidence Mr Griffiths taught physics at the former Tonypandy Grammar School and Mrs Evans was one of his former pupils!
He said: “What a talented family they are! It was a wonderful surprise to see Susan after so many years and I remember her well during my time at the Grammar School.
“To see her talented daughter follow in her footsteps of achievement is an absolutely joy and goes to show that despite the passage of time, Tonypandy still produces first-class academics in its own right.”